Our Second Art Connect Session:
Seattle International Children's Friendship Festival
APRIL 2015, SEATTLE WA
On April 12th, 2015 the second Art Connect session was conducted as part of the International Children's Friendship Festival at the Fischer Pavillion in Seattle Washington. The session was led by Meera Srinivasan. Two other dancers, Savitha Srinivasan and Nisha Thottam who are students at Arpan , participated as well. The aim was to promote a greater appreciation for the ancient classical Indian dance form , Bharatanatyam, among youth. Meera began the session with discussing the two main aspects of Bharatanatyam: nritta (technique) and abhinaya( expression). Savitha and Nisha both demonstrated examples of the adavus(basic steps) that lay the foundation for nritta.Then, Meera discussed the common rhythmic cycles found in Bharatanatyam, and called children up to the stage to clap the rhythms out by putting taalam with Savitha and Nisha.
After these demonstrations of nritta, Meera discussed abhinaya (the expressional aspect of Bharatnatyam). Savitha and Nisha talked about the shabdam(expressional piece) that Meera would be presenting on the Hindu god of war and valor, Muruga and Meera gave a captivating performance! Meera felt that "it was definitely a successful endeavor and children truly loved the unique presentation!".